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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February 2017

TSCA/FIFRA/NTP - EPA Proposes Regulation Of TCE Use In Vapor Degreasing Under TSCA Section 6(a): On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the...more

IRSST Project Measures Nanoparticle Penetration into Protective Gloves

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published a news item on January 16, 2017, entitled “Nanoparticles — to handle with care.” IRSST states that although research is still in...more

OECD Publishes Report on Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Current State of Knowledge and Research Needs to...more

Nano-Portal on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials Available in English

The Nano-Portal: Safe Handling of Nanomaterials, the result of a project supported by the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV) and developed by the Innovation Society, is now available in English. The website is...more

NIOSH Accepting Input on How Best to Protect Workers, Including in Nanotechnology

John Howard, M.D., Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), authored a January 10, 2017, NIOSH blog item entitled “Occupational Health Issues in the USA.” Howard shares a recent...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, January 2017

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting And Recordkeeping Rule For Nanoscale Materials: After over a decade of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on January 12, 2017, a...more

NNCO Announces Upcoming Webinars

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) periodically holds webinars to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community. Upcoming webinars include the...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2017

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2017 - 2016 was full of surprises, two of which will drive much of the agenda for OCSPP during 2017. First, Congress...more

Bill Presented to President Obama Would Lengthen Time between NNI Strategic Plans, Reviews, and Evaluations

The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) would amend the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (15 U.S.C. § 7501 et seq.) to change the frequency of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)...more

Presentations Available from 2016 Nanosafe Conference

The fifth Nanosafe conference was held November 7-10, 2016, in Grenoble, France. The conference included panel discussions on responsible development with non-governmental organizations; urban particles mitigation: what is...more

OSHA Sustainability Paper Notes Opportunity to Integrate Sustainability and Nanotechnology Research

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released on December 20, 2016, a white paper entitled Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health. The paper highlights the...more

2017 Conference Will Focus on New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment

On February 7-9, 2017, a conference focused on new tools and approaches for nanomaterial safety assessment will be held in Malaga, Spain. The conference is jointly organized by five major Seventh Research Framework Program...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Proposes To Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates To Section 313: On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to add nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) as a category for...more

Germany Publishes Report on Nanoview Project

On November 15, 2016, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published a report, in English, entitled Nanoview — Influencing factors on the perception of nanotechnology and target group-specific risk communication...more

Obama’s Actions to Promote American Entrepreneurship Include Supporting Nanotechnology Industry

On November 30, 2016, the White House published a blog item, “President Obama’s Top Ten Actions to Accelerate American Entrepreneurship,” and posted a fact sheet on President Obama’s entrepreneurship accomplishments. The...more

Registration Open for Webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Increasing Water Availability”

Registration is now open for a December 7, 2016, National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) webinar, “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Increasing Water Availability.” NNI states that water demand in the U.S. is...more

Australian Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals Addresses Nanomaterials

On November 24, 2016, the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy began a public consultation on the Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals and a supporting Draft...more

ISO Standard Provides Overview of Frameworks for Developing OELs and OEBs for NOAAs

On November 21, 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released ISO/TR 18637:2016, “Nanotechnologies — Overview of available frameworks for the development of occupational exposure limits and bands for...more

SCCS Opinion on Additional Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter Available for Comment

On November 22, 2016, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its opinion on additional coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) as an ultraviolet...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Extends Comment Period On Proposed SNUR: On October 21, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has reopened the comment period on a proposed Significant New...more

Germany Publishes Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) recently published an English version of its Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020. Based on the success of the Action Plan Nanotechnology over the previous ten years, the...more

ISO Publishes Measurement Technique Matrix for Characterization of Nano-Objects

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published ISO/TR 18196:2016, “Nanotechnologies — Measurement technique matrix for the characterization of nano-objects.” The document provides a matrix...more

NNCO Announces 2016 NNI Strategic Plan

On November 1, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan. The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of...more

NIOSH Announces Sampling Strategy to Help Identify Potential Nanomaterial Exposure in an Occupational Setting

On November 1, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a blog item entitled “Never fear! NEAT 2.0 is here! — How to perform nanomaterial exposure assessment in the workplace.” NIOSH...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - October 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our October edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

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